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Infant responsiveness, alertness, haemoglobin and growth in rural Sidama, Ethiopia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22233352     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several recent studies have supported relations between infant behaviour (alertness and responsiveness) and nutrition in addition to investigating infant behaviour within the context of changes in iron status over time. Existing research is typically limited to the investigation of the effects of a single vitamin or mineral, and no studies have been found that examined the influence that early alertness and responsiveness have on growth in early infancy, despite the fact that relations between behaviour and nutritional status may be bidirectional. The current study used a sample of Ethiopian infants and investigated anthropometrics, haemoglobin, the frequency of alertness and the frequency of responsiveness at 6 and 9 months of age. Six-month weight-for-age predicted 9-month frequency of alertness, while 6-month haemoglobin predicted 9-month frequency of responsiveness. Compared with responsive infants, non-responsive infants at 6 months remained more non-responsive at 9 months, although weight-for-age for both groups converged at 9 months. Results support relations between nutrition and behaviour (alertness and responsiveness) and provide evidence of a potentially useful tool (the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery) that was adapted to evaluate these relations in Ethiopia.
Nicki L Aubuchon-Endsley; Stephanie L Grant; David G Thomas; Tay S Kennedy; Getenesh Berhanu; Barbara J Stoecker; Laura Hubbs-Tait; K Michael Hambidge
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2012-01-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1740-8709     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-09     Completed Date:  2014-04-07     Revised Date:  2014-10-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Markers / blood
Child Development*
Developed Countries
Hemoglobins / analysis*
Infant Behavior* / ethnology
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena* / ethnology
Interpersonal Relations*
Longitudinal Studies
Models, Biological*
Nutrition Assessment
Nutritional Status
Rural Health / ethnology
Weight Gain / ethnology
Grant Support
R01 053053//PHS HHS; R01 HD053053/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD053053-01A1/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R21 TW006729/TW/FIC NIH HHS; R21 TW006729-01/TW/FIC NIH HHS; R21 TW06729/TW/FIC NIH HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biological Markers; 0/Hemoglobins

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